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Silver Award Girl Scout, Eliza

Silver Award Girl Scout, Eliza

Spread Kindness

Eliza observed that bullying happens a lot, and sometimes kids don’t even realize when they are mean. She even discovered that this was happening within her own Girl Scout Troop. She investigated the issue further by using what she learned through working on the aMAZE Journey, talking with her troop leader, and talking with teachers at her school. Eliza discovered that bullying happens when people lack self-confidence, so she decided the best way to address the issue was by teaming up with her Girls Who Code club to create an anti-bullying app.

The app includes tips and simple activities on how to be kind and inclusive, strategies for dealing with bullying behavior, and ideas to improve self-confidence and self-esteem. In addition to the Girls Who Code club, Eliza worked with the 7th and 8th graders to develop and test the app. Users of the app take a survey about kindness and bullying. The statistics from the survey allowed Eliza to measure the effectiveness of her app.

She says that she learned a lot about herself through her project and will use the leadership skills she developed to pursue her Gold Award. Eliza’s advice for other girls working on their Silver Award is; “Even if you think you can't do it, the best thing you can do is try your hardest.”